15 July 2021, 12:00 - 13:30
- Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)
When considering a career in industry, many scientists face real challenges. We know
that the private sector is a great place for engineers, but what about those of us with
science training? Can we find a rewarding career path? Will we enjoy working in
industry? In the last ten years I have interviewed dozens of scientists who have built
successful careers in industry, seeking to learn what they enjoy about their careers and
what strengths made them so successful. This webinar is a compilation of what I’ve
learned from those interviews, as well as from my own private sector career, to answer
that critical question posed in the title.
David Giltner is the author of the book Turning Science into Things People Need, and is an internationally recognized speaker and mentor for early career scientists and engineers seeking careers in industry. He has spent the last 20+ years commercializing photonics technologies in a variety of roles for companies, including JDS Uniphase and Ball Aerospace.
David began lecturing on technical career building in 2010. In 2017 he started TurningScience to provide tools and advice for making the transition from academia into the private sector.
David has developed the unique ability to function well in both highly technical and business circles, and has often functioned as an interpreter to help these two words communicate more productively. He now uses this skill to help scientists and engineers understand the world of product development so they can design and build rewarding careers in industry.
David has a BS and PhD in physics and holds six patents in the fields of laser spectroscopy and optical communications.